Global Symposium on sport: Probing the Boundaries

  |    April 4th, 2018   |   0
   Suresh Kumar Lau

Global Symposium on sport: Probing the Boundaries

A two – day 1st Global Symposium on sport: Probing the Boundaries was organized by Progressive Connexions, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom at Mercure hotel, Vienna, Austria recently.

Twentieth First- Century sport is an inherently interdisciplinary activity. The Symposium was attended by Sportsperson, experts, represented of sports industries, academia, historian and sport developers from all over the worldwide, Vienna, which is capital of Austria’s offer a unique combination of imperial conventions and stunning modern architecture. The aims of the symposium was to bring together a community of scholars and practitioners from wide range of disciplines and industries- cultural studies, history, politics, sociology, philosophy, geography, psychology, urban studies, sport science and sports management.

Prof. Andrea Kathryn Talentio, Professor of Political Science and vice President for academic affairs, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York (NY), USA  in her welcome address gave a brief about the objectives of the symposium.

The two day symposium had 12 presentations each followed by marathon an interactive session. The speaker from organization like Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) University of Chichester, UK, University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi, India, Park House School, UK, University of West Georgia, USA, Lakehead University, Canada, Gender Equity Centre, Canada, Metropolitan University, Serbia, Indiana University, USA, Nazareth College, USA and Noida College of Physical Education, India etc.

The symposium was divided into numerous thematic sessions, each dealing with specific themes which were as follows;

Commercialization of sports, match fixing, sport in tourism, group Game Engineering- Best practice in community sport, history , sports values, women , big data analytics in sport, view of pay for play, sovereignty, recognition and participation at the Olympic Games

Icebreakers are designed to eliminate frosty silences and open up human relations. In fact, aim not only to break the ice but also to warm the atmosphere. The ice breakers led by Prof. Phil Crisp of University of Chichester, UK and fantastic follow up by coordinator Prof. Andra Kathryn Talentio, Nazareth College, USA.

On the opening day of the symposium, there were eight technical session, in the inaugural session started with technical session. In the inaugural session started with, Dr. Suresh Kumar of Noida college of Physical Education, India deliberated on the commercialization of Indian sports. He stated that new millennium has somehow changed the way we consume sports. The second speaker of Swansea University, UK presented different aspect of match-fixing. He observed that Academic approaches of understanding match-fixing include contributions from the disciplines of law, economics, ethics, sociology, criminology, psychology, anthropology, politics, statistics and management.

Philippe Crisp of University of Chichester, UK, focused on leadership, bridging and group game engineering: Best practice in community sport. He also mentioned the coaches within this study demonstrated that the following four approaches to community sports coaching can be used: Establish common ground, develop relationship, priorities inclusivity. Through boundaries and through game/activity management and highlight meaningful activity and contribution to games for all participants.

The fourth speaker was Timo Derriks, University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. He apprised the participants how the health tourism industry is a growing market with an increasing amount of retreats targeting customers who want to eat healthy and exercise during their holidays.  He also explained three factors were identified to have an impact on customer loyalty: the staff, the food and fitness activities.

Dr. Parul Lau Gaur, Asst. Prof of History Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi, India elucidated in detail the Mughal rulers tended to expand and consolidated their regime and power which led to increase in military confrontation. Soldiers were required for battles and it was important to keep them physically active and fit. It was against this background that the Mughal rulers developed physical culture.

Derek Peaple of Park House School, UK focused on sporting values have provided a framework for: the development of school ethos, curriculum innovation and enrichment, cross-phase learning partnerships, outstanding student learning and achievement and continuous school improvement.

Blynne Olivieri, University of West Georgia, USA discussed about women in the wilderness. Further, she highlighted the social norms about American women in mountaineering, trekking and hiking, especially focused on solo ventures and messages about safety risk.

Sofia Rizzo, Lakehead University, Canada critically analysed on gender and comfort in gyms and could provide useful information in goal to improve the social environment of the gym and increase comfort levels among the broad spectrum of members who wish to work out there.

Sherrie-Lee Petrie of Lakehead University, Canada daring deliberation outlined an auto ethnographical exploration of both how health and fitness became a trigger for me following my initial experience with sexual violence as well as how being a part of the cross fit community has led me taking both my power and my health back.

On the last day of the symposium Lidija Petrovic, Metropolitan University, Serbia, made a presentation on Big Data analytics in sport: importance and implication. She highlighted innovative cloud-based software solutions enable sports organisation to improve players and teams through performance insights, player and team analytics player fitness, planning of training as well as scouting and team management.

Kevin Brown, Richard S. Melvin and Antonia Williams of Indiana University, USA,  elucidated in detail the current system of limiting the compensation of elite athletes in revenue generating sports has produced a number of antitrust legal challenges.

Just before valedictory session, the last but not least speaker was Prof. Andrea Kathryn Talentino, Professor of Political Sciences of Nazareth College, Rochester ,NY,  USA made presentation on the role of recognition in the International Olympic Committee and its impact internationally on both individuals and states, as well as the divide between state based and individual- based standards of participation.

At last, Prof. Andrea Kathryn Talentino on behalf of progressive connexions proposed vote of thanks.